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Arkansas pushes forward with bill to drug test unemployed

Salon reported last year that GOP state lawmakers around the country were pushing ALEC-designed legislation that would force the unemployed to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits. According to Reuters Tuesday, such a measure is gaining ground in Arkansas. The Republican-led Arkansas state Senate approved a measure on Monday that would require random drug testing of Arkansas residents who receive state unemployment benefits. Arkansas' governor, Democrat Mike Beebe has expressed concerns about the federal legality of such a law. A similar proposal currently in a proposal under consideration in Texas' state's legislature (and supported by Gov. Rick Perry) would require drug tests for both unemployment and welfare recipients. In previous years, attempts to introduce drug tests for welfare recipients have been deemed violations of the Fourth Amendment. Reuters reported on the Arkansas bill:

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